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Juniper Networks Gobbled by Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Wednesday, Jan 10th, 2024 (12:00 pm) - Score 2,640

Network operators and telecoms service providers across the world will be watching with a great deal of interest, and some unease, after it was announced that HP Enterprise (HPE) has acquired Juniper Networks in an all-cash transaction for $40.00 per share, representing an equity value of approximately $14 billion (£11bn).

Juniper’s networking kit (routers, SDN, WiFi etc.) and related services are used by telecoms operators and IT companies across the world – of various difference sizes (e.g. UK broadband ISPs, data centres etc.) – and so any change on this front has the capacity to touch a lot of different players, including in the UK market.

According to the announcement, the combination of HPE and Juniper “advances HPE’s portfolio mix shift toward higher-growth solutions and strengthens its high-margin networking business, accelerating HPE’s sustainable profitable growth strategy“. The media release (here) is also peppered with mentions of AI and cloud technologies, as well as various other industry buzzwords.

The good news is that the newly combined company is pledged to “provide customers of all sizes” with a complete, secure portfolio that enables the networking architecture necessary to manage and simplify their expanding and increasingly complex connectivity needs. This may help to placate concerns that HPE might potentially re-focus the network biz to cater for more lucrative clients and thus cast aside the Service Provider (SP) market etc.

HPE President and CEO, Antonio Neri, said:

“HPE’s acquisition of Juniper represents an important inflection point in the industry and will change the dynamics in the networking market and provide customers and partners with a new alternative that meets their toughest demands.

This transaction will strengthen HPE’s position at the nexus of accelerating macro-AI trends, expand our total addressable market, and drive further innovation for customers as we help bridge the AI-native and cloud-native worlds, while also generating significant value for shareholders.

I am excited to welcome Juniper’s talented employees to our team as we bring together two companies with complementary portfolios and proven track records of driving innovation within the industry.”

Rami Rahim, CEO of Juniper Networks, added:

“Our multi-year focus on innovative, secure AI-native solutions has driven Juniper Networks’ outstanding performance. We have successfully delivered exceptional user experiences and simplified operations, and by joining HPE, I believe we can accelerate the next phase of our journey.

In addition, this combination maximizes value for our shareholders through a meaningful all-cash premium. We look forward to working with the talented HPE team to drive innovation for enterprise, service provider and cloud customers across all domains, including campus, branch, data center and the wide area network.”

The transaction is currently expected to close in late calendar year 2024 or early calendar year 2025, subject to all the usual regulatory and shareholder approvals. Upon completion of the transaction, Juniper CEO Rami Rahim will lead the combined HPE networking business, reporting to HPE President and CEO Antonio Neri.

Meanwhile, network operators will be watching very closely to see how the change impacts the vital Juniper kit and services they buy and use, particularly in terms of its cost, quality and performance. Rivals at Cisco, Nokia and others will also no doubt be keeping a close watch.

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By Mark Jackson
Mark is a professional technology writer, IT consultant and computer engineer from Dorset (England), he also founded ISPreview in 1999 and enjoys analysing the latest telecoms and broadband developments. Find me on X (Twitter), Mastodon, Facebook and .
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9 Responses
  1. Avatar photo Jonny says:

    RIP Juniper, was good while it lasted

    1. Avatar photo occasionally factual says:

      yes HP have a really good track record of buying high quality brands and killing them e.g. DEC, Compaq to name just 2.

    2. Avatar photo Ad47uk says:

      Compaq high quality? i beg to differ.

    3. Avatar photo Matt says:

      Compaq were one of, if not the best IBM clone makers of the 90s. Sure, they went to commoditised stuff in the early 2000s but what large computer brand didn’t?

    4. Avatar photo Matt says:

      Don’t think it’s quite doom and gloom yet. Aruba are making some decent APs and kit since HPE purchase.

      Compaq were dog. Forcing specific components of their own brand/spec else it won’t POST was scummy, and then charging a significant premium for those parts… Compaq deserved to die.

      ** the AP400 was a beast though. My first dual socket P3 machine I ever used 🙂

    5. Avatar photo Ad47ukl says:

      @Matt, it was the 2000s that I used compaq machines, I was not impressed by them.

  2. Avatar photo Matt says:

    All manufacturers were doing that. Dell, HP and IBM were serial offenders.

    Compaq’s 486 era stuff was bloody good as far as I’m concerned.

  3. Avatar photo Another Phil says:

    A bit like the famed Amdahl coffee mug on your desk when the IBM rep came calling, a prominent Juniper notepad could work wonders with Cisco pricing. And their kit was usually better as well – they had to try harder and were certainly a whole lot less arrogant to work with. Past tense due to being long retired and with only limited current knowledge. Sad to see them get swallowed, but if HP could build some synergy with their Aruba line (who were also a decent company) they might become seriously competitive in the enterprise space again, beyond their carrier core market?

  4. Avatar photo billy says:

    Share price went up like 30% though haha.
    Only wish i’d had more than 50 quids worth.

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